Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act) places a duty on Schools, Colleges, Universities and Local Authorities in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".
Being drawn into terrorism includes not just violent extremism but also non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit.
Schools, Colleges, Universities and Local Authorities need to demonstrate that they are protecting young people from being drawn into terrorism by having robust safeguarding policies in place to identify young people at risk, and intervening as appropriate.
eSafe provides a unique early warning service to help you fulfil your obligations and duty under Section 26 of the Act.
What we provide
The eSafe Service delivers essential visibility of extremist behaviour and the threat of radicalisation, including the subtle indicators associated with non-violent extremism and early stage radicalisation, through a combination of:
- extensive localised, national, international and cultural markers to detect far right/white supremacy and Islamic extremism
- language independent monitoring technology to identify extremist material and activity communicated in a foreign language
- sophisticated device monitoring technology to identify the above as imagery, keystrokes, document content, and chat communication, irrespective of whether the device is on-line or offline, and regardless of the device location
- specialist multi-lingual reviewing staff to ensure serious risk is escalated for intervention in a timely manner
Gateacre Community Comprehensive School
The eSafe solution is a cornerstone of our e-safety strategy. Senior Leadership took the decision to introduce Web 2.0 activities into the curriculum and we chose to move to the eSafe Forensic Monitoring Service to ensure that we were able to provide the best possible Safeguarding measures. Whilst we had the technical resource in house, it would have meant taking technicians off important ICT work to do work that they are really not experienced to do. Now we have eSafe’s Forensic experts reviewing the data, we can guarantee that nothing is missed or worse still, misinterpreted. As a result, we are confident that any issues are flagged to the pastoral or behavioural teams on a regular and timely basis. Just a week after the service had been deployed, a young female student posted disturbing content on her social networking page relating to self-harm. The eSafe team immediately flagged this with us and within an hour our Child Protection Officer was able to talk to the student and her parents to resolve the issue. In the past, this incident may not have been picked up until the Monday morning which could have had serious consequences for the girl over the weekend. Feedback from staff and governors has been that the service paid for itself from that one incident alone.
The Brittons Academy
At The Brittons Academy we have found the eSafe service to be an extremely useful tool in many ways. The service has school wide benefits as a safeguarding solution and as such is funded through our core school budget .From a safeguarding point of view eSafe is very good and the escalation of incidents is very quick and efficient. In the past we had to rely on our staff viewing all of the issues raised by our previous monitoring software, now that is done for us. The monitoring is accurate and up to date with the terminology used by our students. We receive escalations immediately if a serious risk is identified and immediate action can be taken. Less serious events are reported to us on a weekly basis so that additional appropriate actions can also be taken. We are now looking at how this can be moved out to students homes so that parents can also be confident that their sons/daughters are safe when using computers .I would recommend the product and service provided eSafe specialist monitoring team for serious consideration by any school.
The College uses e-Safe to inform the personal development, behaviour and welfare agenda, and promote pro-active and positive messages about personal safety, well-being and pastoral support. It helps me to identify themes that have become part of the group tutorial offer and influence our ‘early help’ and prevention provision. An example is the positive ‘in-reach’ activities that are provided by external agencies as a result of the feedback from e-Safe alerts relating to such as obsessive behaviours and impact on lifestyle, anonymous sexualised behaviours, inappropriate use of social media, abusive comment, body image, financial support, criminal activity, stress and anxiety.